I bought my 98 Ranger with about 120,000 miles. It now has around 135,000 miles. It has a 4.0L V6 and a 5-speed manual transmission, as well as 4-wheel drive. It has most power options (power windows,...
I bought my 98 Ranger with about 120,000 miles. It now has around 135,000 miles. It has a 4.0L V6 and a 5-speed manual transmission, as well as 4-wheel drive. It has most power options (power windows, doorlocks, mirrors, remote keyless entry, alarm).
Great looking exterior, this vehicle was never garage kept and the paint looks almost new, save a few scratches and dings here and there, no signs of rust on the body.
Amazing handling for a pickup, even with the factory offroad package it handles as good as or better than a car.
Power is good on flat surfaces, accelerates quickly.
Strong brakes, even going down mountains.
Amazing heater and A/C, heater gets hot crazy fast, and A/C is cold.
No power on hills, constantly downshifting.
Non-inspiring fuel economy. I average 17 - 19 mpg, highway driving I get about 21.
Difficult to access rear seat area without optional 4-door setup.
Electrical problems: power window switches were replaced twice, dashlights are always going out and coming back on, passenger pdl only works occassionally.
ABS signal is lost in right front wheel often, causing ABS light to come on, does not affect braking at all.
Interior has recently developed rattles that were not there when I purchased the truck (especially drivers door, interior panels on the doors are a little flimsy)
Various mechanical issues (spark plug coil, plugs, wires, alternator twice, crank shaft sensor, antifreeze leak) all of which happened within 10,000 miles and ended up costing a lot of money, some of the problems (such as the alternator and the crank sensor) meant that the truck wouldn't start.
Will sometimes refuse to shift into 4x4, I have to shift back and forth from neutral to first or reverse a a bunch of times before it will engage.
Overall, I could have really loved this truck if it wouldn't have so many little problems that never seem to end. Now that everything seems to be mechanically OK, it's very fun to drive.